MLAs want DERC to reject discoms’ tariff hike proposal

The MLAs have also alleged that the reading of meters was done using a wrong methodology.

New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2015 3:37 am

Shubhangi Misra

Fifteen MLAs have written to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) opposing the tariff revision petition (2015-16) submitted to the power authority by the discoms. The MLAs have demanded that the DERC should reject the discoms’ petitions and order reduction in electricity tariff. They said the managerial inefficiencies of the discoms should not burden the public.

The MLAs also argued that keeping in mind the present circumstances, the DERC should immediately order discoms to reduce power tariffs for domestic consumers to restore its credibility as an impartial regulator.

Krishna Nagar MLA S K Baaga said, “People are harassed with faulty bills. Small households receive bills higher than their income and discom officials raid their houses without notice. This is wrong and the Delhi government will not let the power tariffs be increased in the capital.”

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The MLAs have also alleged that the reading of meters was done using a wrong methodology. The legislators also said the discoms were hiding their non-tariff income.

Reducing power tariff was one of the major promises of the AAP ahead of the Delhi elections. Though the power tariff was reduced by half through subsidies a month ago, the worry is that any increase in power tariff now will increase the financial burden of the government.

“The DERC has not yet replied to our letter. Even if the DERC does not heed our demands, we will ensure that the tariff remains stable,” Gandhinagar MLA Anil Bajpai said.

(The reporter is a student of Exims, Delhi)

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  1. Mehar Bhai
    Apr 12, 2015 at 8:52 am
    PM & Delhi CM orders ignored by DELHI ELECTRICITY OMBUDSMAN & DERC. No Notified Recruitment & Service Rules for staff of Delhi Electricity Ombudsman. DERC adopted 'Pick & Choose Policy' without STAFF RULES, dislodging already working contractual staff for adjusting freshers. ABUSE OF POWER. ENCOURAGING CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, FAVORITISM. Kindly Direct DERC to stop at once all fresh recruitment till RULES NOTIFIED & cancel all illegal appointments without NOTIFIED SERVICE RULES & replaced contract staff to be taken back. ELECTRICITY LAWS REFORMS & CONSUMER PROTECTION : More than decade but yet NO DISTRICT CONSUMER COMMITTEES all over India - Sec. 166 (5) of the Act - NOT COMPLIED. RULE 7 completely ignored as NO INDEPENDENT MEMBERS APPOINTED ON CONSUMER COURTS.Taking away power of HIGH COURT by APPELLATE TRIBUNAL FOR ELECTRICITY (Section 125 ), LOKPAL ( Section 49 ) and others was held unconsutional by THE SUPREME COURT in case of NATIONAL TAX TRIBUNAL ACT and was quashed. LET ALL THE QUASI- JUDICIAL FUNCTIONARIES BE FREE FROM ALL POLITICAL AND EXECUTIVE INTERFERENCE AND DIRECTLY UNDER THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF RESPECTIVE HIGH COURTS TO DELIVER PURE JUSTICE. DISCOMS ARE THE MASTERS OF CONSUMER COURTS UNDER ELECTRICITY LAWS. A PERSON CAN NOT BE A JUDGE IN HIS OWN CAUSE AND FOR DELIVERING PURE JUSTICE TO BE FREE FROM ALL BIAS. NO CONSUMER PROTECTION. Electricity Act, Rules & Regulations are more favorable for DISCOMS. No interest of consumers rights protected even in BILL 2014. No Consumer Protection under ELECTRICITY LAWS as the DISCOMS are the Masters of Consumer Courts . No Contempt of Courts Power . RULE 7 of Electricity Rules, 2005 completely ignored - NO INDEPENDENT MEMBERS APPOINTED ON CONSUMER COURTS even after decade. No notified Recruitment & Service Rules for the staff of Electricity Ombudsman & CGEFs. Direct interference by executive and commission. Illegal, irregular and abuse of power to appoint staff for Electricity Ombudsman & CGRFs without notified recruitment & service rules. More than decade but yet NO DISTRICT CONSUMER COMMITTEES all over India - Sec. 166 (5) of the Electricity Act - NOT COMPLIED. Consumer Grievances Redressal Forums and Electricity OMBUDSMAN to be fully made free from discoms , executives , regulators. Part payment of the disputed electric bill for filing appeals with Electricity Ombudsman against CGRF order- UNFAIR & UNJUST.Electricity Act, Rules and Regulations are more favorable for discoms .To be amended in the over all interest of consumers.All provisions under acts, rules, regulations to be very clear and specific leaving no scope for administrative discretion.Stop immediately PICK & CHOOSE Policy, Hire & Fire Policy of appointments without notified Recruitment Rules for all posts.Supreme Court : No contract employment against sanctioned posts. Make appointments on regular basis WITH DULY NOTIFIED RECRUITMENT& SERVICE RULES.Cancel all appointments -NO NOTIFIED STAFF REGULATIONS- BIG SCAM Continues in DERC & OMBUDSMAN